Two charged with attempted homicide in car chase shooting
REDDING, Calif. - Redding SWAT assisted in the arrests of two Redding men Wednesday, accused of shooting a man during a vehicle chase after "something went wrong" during a drug transaction in September.
Chad Tomblin, 18, of Redding, and Sean Magana, 22, of Redding, were each served with search warrants by Redding Police Wednesday and arrested on charges of attempted homicide, shooting into an occupied vehicle and discharging a firearm from a vehicle. Magana was also charged with possession of cocaine for sales.
Tristan Taylor, 19, of Redding, suffered a gunshot wound during the incident on the morning of September 23. Taylor was treated at Shasta Regional Medical Center where RPD began their investigation.
According to RPD, Tomblin and Magana were conducting a narcotics transaction with Taylor and several associates in the Winco parking lot on Old Alturas Road in Redding. RPD's press release states, "during the transaction something went wrong." Taylor and his friends then fled the area in their vehicle, with Tomblin and Magana giving chase in a separate vehicle on Highway 44 to the Sundial Bridge exit.
The chase continued on several streets in downtown Redding, where RPD says numerous shots were fired at the vehicle Taylor was in. One of the rounds penetrated the vehicle and struck Taylor.
Both men were taken into custody without incident on October 4. SWAT assisted in the arrests at two separate locations "due to the nature of the crime," according to RPD.
The Redding Police Department Investigations Division asks anyone with additional information to contact them at 530-225-4200.